The city has contacted the band about performing for the celebration. The group’s name is derived from Sleater Kinney Road, one of Lacey’s main thoroughfares and the location of one of their early practice spaces.
Lacey has contacted the indie rock band Sleater-Kinney to see whether band members would help celebrate the city’s 50th birthday.
“We have been reaching out to them,” said Mary Coppin of Lacey’s Public Affairs Department.
The band Sleater-Kinney — made up of Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss — formed in Olympia in 1994. The group’s name is derived from Sleater Kinney Road, one of Lacey’s main thoroughfares and the location of one of their early practice spaces.
Coppin, along with city museum curator Erin Quinn Valcho and 50th-anniversary committee chairman Howard Burton, updated the Lacey City Council on Thursday about plans for the anniversary celebration. They also heard other party suggestions from the council.
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Lacey became an incorporated community Dec. 5, 1966. But rather than celebrate on one day, the city has decided to party for a year, from July of this year to July 2017. Sleater-Kinney, if members agree to perform, would play a concert set for July 2017, Coppin said.
Other plans for the celebration:
• An actor will portray noted Lacey developer Bob Blum, working from a script — telling the story of Lacey — written by local historian and parks board member Ken Balsley, Valcho said. Blum probably is best known for developing South Sound Shopping Center, which was once an enclosed mall.
• The Washington state poet laureate will write a poem for the city’s 50th birthday party, Valcho said. Tod Marshall, a Gonzaga University professor, is poet laureate through 2018.
Other ideas include burying a time capsule that would be dug up 50 years from now and getting a busload of people, all of whom were born in December 1966, to participate in a planned parade, Coppin said.
In addition to getting Sleater-Kinney to perform — an idea that originated with Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt — council members suggested inviting other famous people who have ties to Lacey, such as former Seattle Sounders goalie Kasey Keller, and Gary Larsen, a former defensive tackle with the Minnesota Vikings.